Kenny Vaughan brings his electric country-tinged Americana back to Willie's on Friday.
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27
David Peterson (of 1946) Willie's Locally Known, 805 N. Broadway, 7 p.m. Traditional bluegrass
Open Mic Night Al's Bar 601 North Limestone Street, 9 p.m.
Electric Jam Henry Clay Pub, 112 N. Upper St, 8 p.m., free, all ages. Weekly open-mic style jam sessions presented by the Lexington Funk Cooperative.
Osland/Dailey Jazztet Natasha's, 112 Esplanade, $8, 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires; Blood Pheasant
Green Lantern, 497 W. Third St., 21+.
Holler Poets Series Al's Bar, 601 North Limestone Street, 8 p.m., free. This longstanding monthly spoken word poetry event blends open mic, live music and featured writers. This month's features Tom Marksbury, Jason Howard (author of "A Few Fine Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music" and singer-songwriter Carla Gover, who was one of the artists featured in Howard's book.
Underhill Rose Artsplace, 161 N. Mill St, $8, all ages, 7 p.m. Each week, Rad Barn radio showcases bluegrass and old-time musicians in a live radio taping open to the public.
Cope; Frazier BandCosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 10 p.m., 18+.
Christopher Morris Natasha's, 112 Esplanade, $8, 9 p.m. From the venue website: "Christopher Morris is a singer, musician, songwriter and novelist born in New York City in 1946. Chris's debut album, Christopher Morris Band, was hailed by Ken Tucker of Rolling Stone as something new in pop music - fusion - a blend of roots, rock and jazz forms. Chris Morris is known for unique voicings and a tonal and rhythmic vocabulary that incorporates diverse musical styles and idioms, lacing his roots songwriting style with second line grooves and sinewy funk. Christopher Morris' music propels the listener through tonal and rhythmic and lyric soundscapes unlike any others, songs with tremendous emotional content and appeal."
Danny Williams Band Parlay Social, 257 W. Short St, 9:30 p.m. Rock/soul
Songwriters in the Round, Pt. 1: Coralee, Robby Cosenza, Ray Smith Willie's Locally Known, 805 N. Broadway, 8 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Karma to Burn/ Lava/ Blood Pheasants/ Midnight Ghost Train Green Lantern, 497 W. Third St., 21+. Legendary stoner rockers Karma to Burn return to Lexington with the support of psychedelic sludge mavens Midnight Ghost Train and local support from Lava (a new project featuring members of Ghost Affirmation and Everyone Lives Everyone Wins) and Blood Pheasant.
George Crooney; Fred Table and The Chairs Al's Bar, 601 North Limestone Street, 9 p.m. George Crooney is a local two-piece specializing in "grungy covers of deep cuts from all your Gen-X favorites. The Ramones, Elvis Costello, The Velvet Underground, Neil Young, The Replacements and many more."
Mr. Gnome; Wols and Weeps Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 10 p.m., 18+; $7. Mr. Gnome returns to Lexington with their unique brand of strange, psychedelic and melodic pop music. Local fuzz rockers Wols and Weeps open.
Kentucky Environmental Foundation "Yeast Feast" Benefit feat. music by Sue Massek w/ Erin Fitzgerald, Jenrose Fitzgerald and Kate Larken Natasha's, 112 Esplanade, 8 p.m., $25. The event will also feature local handmade breads and great beer.
Underhill Rose Parlay Social, 257 W. Short St, 8 p.m.. Country Soul from North Carolina.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Alma Gitana Natasha's, 112 Esplanade, $8, 9 p.m. Mediterranean fusion.
Kenny Vaughan Trio w/ Sam Lewis Willie's Locally Known, 805 N. Broadway, 7 p.m., $10. For more than 10 years, Vaughan was part of the Fabulous Superlatives, the backing band for Marty Stuart. He broke off on his own last year and continues to spread his high-energy country gospel
Those Crosstown Rivals; Josh Nolan & Bad Painters; Atomic Thrillride Al's Bar, 601 North Limestone Street, 9 p.m.
Texas Hippie Coalition Buster's, 899 Manchester St., $13/15, 18+, 9 p.m. Outlaw Country meets southern-friend classic rock.
Boobalooza Benefit Concert for Whitney Praska Cosmic Charlie’s and Lynagh's, 388 Woodland Ave.; T-Bar, 500 Euclid Ave. 8 p.m., 18+, $5. More than 10 bands will play at all three venues all night in tribute to Lexington music lover and cancer advocate Whitney Praska, who recently passed away after battling breast cancer at the age of 29. Bands include Get Down Watson, Shemale Fiesta, Born Cross-Eyed and more.
Business Time Georgia’s Kitchen Cafe, 900 N. Broadway. Local restaurant featuring live music each Friday night.
Infected;The Locals; Middle Class Mischief Green Lantern, 497 W. Third St., 21+.
Darian Djdmc Carter Natasha's, 112 Esplanade, 10:30 p.m., $6; $5 with student ID.
Klassyc Tymes Band Parlay Social, 257 W. Short St, 9:30. Classic Rock/ Soul.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 10 p.m., 18+, $10/12.
Sun Street; AC30 Al's Bar, 601 North Limestone Street, 9 p.m. Huntington-based power-pop quintet AC30 join Morehead psych rockers Sun Street.
Hop Hop presents Nick Diamonds CD Release Party with Matt Duncan and Idiot Glee Griffin's Modern Motel, 199 E. Loudon. $5, all ages. Local DIY-style record label Hop Hop celebrates their release of Nick Diamonds' new LP "I Am An Attic." Nick Diamonds is the solo project of Nick Thornburn, also of The Unicorns, Islands and Mister Heavenly. Local pop favorites Idiot Glee and Matt Duncan will also play this intimate house-party style show.
Fabled Canelands; Italian Beaches; Doc Feldman Green Lantern, 497 W. Third St., 21+
Cross, Xelas and Bear Medicine Land of Tomorrow Gallery, 527 E. Third St., 8 p.m. A Benefit show for Latitude Artist Community, featuring local art for sale.
The Mojo Tones Natasha's, 112 Esplanade, $6, 9 p.m.From the venue website: "The Mojo Tones perform electrified country blues in the tradition of Muddy Waters: 1950's Post-War Chicago sound filtered through the swamps of Louisiana and the hot cradle of the blues, The Mississippi Delta, blending a heavy fistful of ZZ Top's Texas Spicy Grit, and the Funky Memphis Groove of Albert King, toss in a dose of Brit-Invasion Era Psychedelia of Cream, The Rolling Stones, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience…"
Klassyc Tymes Band Parlay Social, 257 W. Short St, 9:30. Classic Rock/ Soul.
Stoner Boone Willie's Locally Known, 805 N. Broadway, 7 p.m.
The Swells Willie's Locally Known, 805 N. Broadway, 10 p.m., $5.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Robert Ellis Willie's Locally Known, 805 N. Broadway, 7 p.m.
The Kickback Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 10 p.m., 18+, $5.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour presents Holly Williams and Charlie Peacock Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St., 6:30 p.m., $5-10. From the Woodsongs website: "Holly Williams' success as a singer-songwriter is that it's never been her mission to try and live up to the legacy cast by her famous and prolific father and grandfather – Hank Jr. and Sr., respectively – nor has she spent a lot of time trying to live it down. The respect that Holly has garnered as an artist over the course of many years spent building an international fan base, and the release of two acclaimed albums, has come on her own terms, based on her own sound. She continues building her legacy with "The Highway" released on her own label and co-produced by Charlie Peacock….Charlie Peacock's adventurous and success-laden resume makes him a difficult musician to categorize. The Grammy Award-winning, multi-format performer, songwriter and record producer has excelled in pop, gospel, country, Folk-Americana, and jazz. Alongside his own unique performing and recording career, Peacock has played a lead role in creating major hits in three separate decades—most notably Amy Grant, Switchfoot and The Civil Wars. In 2012 Peacock diverted from his recent jazz recordings to produce his own return to vocal performance, the Folk/Americana flavored "No Man's Land."
Moon Taxi Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 8 p.m., 18+, $12/15.
Yellow Dog Jazz Band Natasha's, 112 Esplanade, $5, 8 p.m.From the venue website: "The Yellow Dog Jazz Band offers a unique flavor of American Dixieland "traditional" jazz from the 20's in New Orleans, heard these days only on the streets of New Orleans itself. The band is a Dixieland revivalist group, keeping the spirit of Dixieland alive through the generations since its birth. Complete with the King Oliver Creole style of two trumpets, right down to the banjo in the rhythm section, the Yellow Dogs present the real feel of traditional New Orleans jazz."